Romeo and Juliet - Tragic, Not Stupid

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio, Romeo Montague Pages: 2 (637 words) Published: November 16, 2008
Romeo and Juliet is a story of a forbidden love between two teenagers from enemy families that is resolved in two tragic deaths. Romeo and Juliet were tragic and not stupid. They were two teenagers who fell in love, and it was not their fault their love turned to a tragedy. The main causes for the tragic end of the play were fate, the ancient feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, the way things had gone out of control for them and the fact they could not do anything about it.

One of the main reasons for Romeo and Juliet to be tragic is the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. The feud between them has lasted very long and even though nobody remembered what it started from, it is grown to a point that even the Prince couldn’t fully stop the fighting in the streets. The play's first scene was on a subject of a street fight and was when the Prince made the warning- “if ever you disturb our street again/your lives shall pay the forfeit of our peace”. This is exactly what happened to Romeo in the end – his and Juliet's life payed for this forfeit, but not for their own actions. Another point is that Romeo and Juliet fell in love before finding out they were enemies and they didn’t give up being together even though of all the difficulties. If they weren’t enemies they would be happily married to each other if they loved each other so much. Romeo and Juliet’s love can't be called stupid because if it was not for the feud, there would not be any tragedy at all.

Another reason for the crucial situation they were in was fate. Romeo and Juliet had an amount of different things intervene with them being together. First Mercutio was killed and Romeo had to fight Tybalt. Because Tybalt was dead, Juliet's father suggested that Juliet maybe should marry Paris right away. Another consequence of Tybalt's death was that Romeo got sent in exile. This is what Romeo says when he kills Tybalt: “O, I am fortunes fool” (3/1/133). Fate made Tybalt and Romeo have to...
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